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Original pair of cloth formation insignia, British 51st Independent Infantry Brigade

Original pair of cloth formation insignia, British 51st Independent Infantry Brigade

£35.00

An original uncut matching pair of insignia, opposite facing, woven version, and hand sewn onto fabric.  The lower swan has a small moth hole in about the four o'clock position.

History: the origins of the design are not known.   There was no 51 Brigade in WW2 and the date of formation and the history of this particular formation is obscure.  It may have been created in the Canal Zone in the spring of 1955.  Between June to October 1955 Brigade headquarters is noted as forming part of the first border expedition in Aden.  However the Brigade is also noted as arriving in Cyprus from the Canal Zone in August 1955.  It is still listed there in April 1957.  In January 1962 the Brigade appears to have been in the UK when it was merged with 63 Gurkha Brigade to form 51 Gurkha Brigade.

UK postage is included.


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